In what feels like a most typical Arsenal transfer, it appears that wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez will hang around until the summer. Despite being able to make a mid-season move to Paris Saint-Germain instead, according to The Daily Mirror, the Chilean is set to snub the opportunity to move to Manchester City and be re-united with Pep Guardiola.
Now, forgiving Sanchez for a moment that one of the reasons he chose Arsenal in the first place was to live in London, does this move make sense? City are definitely keen. The Citizens pushed for a move in the summer, but it fell through and now both clubs seem ready to call a ceasefire in January.
Arsenal will hope he can fire them back into the Champions League, while City looking capable of performing without him. Claims are made that Guardiola is unlikely to want too many mid-season signings amid the fact he has a settled, happy dressing room and needs no distractions for the team.
Therefore, it looks like a free transfer could place in the summer instead. With Arsenal likely to lose two crown jewels without any money to replace them coming in, the gamble appears to be that Mesut Ozil and Sanchez can get them over the line and bank the Champions League money.
With 4 goals and 3 assists so far this season for Arsenal, 29-year-old Sanchez is just entering the prime of his career. Put back into a dominant side again, he’d likely return to the kind of form that seen him covered for a second time in his career by Guardiola.